All around the world, pet food safety has become a major issue, with HACCP recognized as a significant part of the answer. Smart companies determined to gain market advantage are exploiting HACCP experience gained in the equally demanding human foods industry.
The pet food market, well established in the USA and Western Europe, has seen clear signs of a return to growth. In the meantime, pet ownership is thriving in developing regions such as Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. In each market, the safety of pet food is the major issue – pet food accidents have made world news alerting pet owners to food risks, and manufacturers are increasingly coming under the influence of statutory bodies legislating for pet food quality, vigilance and safety.